Have you heard of Sebastian, Florida? No, I hadn’t either.
Some friends had a spacious time-share there and invited us to join them for a week of leisure. It’s located about two hours north of Miami via I-95 and I can now attest, is so worth the drive there.
Leave the hustle and bustle of big cosmopolitan Miami behind and immerse yourselves into what Florida must have been like about six or seven decades ago. People are friendly and hurry-less. Traffic is sparse and easy. There are plenty of fun places to stop into for meals, deals and cocktails. There’s even a motorcycle haven where a parade of Harley’s gather on weekend afternoons.
We found McLarty Treasure Museum which is part of the Sebastian Inlet State Park while cruising along A1A. Sandwiched in-between Melbourne and Vero Beach, Florida this smallish historic landmark boasts an impressive collection of Spanish treasures. For a $2 donation visitors can view samples of sixteen and seventeen century gold and silver as well as artifacts from numerous shipwrecks. In the mid-1950’s a hurricane completely changed the face of this area. Kip Wagner discovered an archeological spot right where the museum now stands. He found silver pieces of eight, gold doubloons, bars and plates of both metals, pearls, jewelry, rare Chinese porcelains, and countless examples of everyday items used by seamen and passengers traveling on wooden ships four hundred years ago.
Check out my photos and then hopefully one day you’ll check out this tiny gem in person. McLarty Treasure Museum http://atocha1622.com/mclarty.htm, 13180 North A1A, Vero Beach, Florida 32963. www.FloridaStateParks.org